Salem DN. Conflict of interest in open-access publishing. The New England Journal of Medicine 2013;369:491
Open access generates numerous legal issues including ownership of intellectual property, licensing, embargo periods, consent, copyright expiration of older literature, "fair use" policies, indexing and archiving, and preservation of works. Among all, the most relevant issue is the rigorous scrutiny of potential conflicts of interest, as for example the inherent conflict of interest in the "author pays" model.